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With many new faces, the Camarillo High football team couldn’t find rhythm during a 28-7 victory against Buena last weekend, according to starting quarterback Travis Valdez.

“We committed a lot of mental errors and we don’t have chemistry yet,” Valdez said.

The Scorpions can get away with mistakes against a team like Buena.

Thousand Oaks is a different beast.

Camarillo plays host to Thousand Oaks at 7 p.m. tonight.

“They’re a very good team,” Valdez said. “We can’t commit mistakes against them.”

Thousand Oaks escaped Newbury Park with a 20-17 overtime win last weekend.

The Lancers must prepare for Valdez, who completed 155-of-214 pass attempts for 2,537 yards with 34 touchdowns and five interceptions last fall.

Valdez threw two touchdowns to standout wide receiver Corbin Covey against Buena.

Thousand Oaks will trot out its own stud quarterback.

Senior Clark Abourisk, considered one of the best signalcallers in the Marmonte League, leads the Lancer offense.

So far this year, Abourisk is 32-of-53 for 530 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Abourisk, a second-year starter, doesn’t see the game as a duel between himself and Valdez.

“I don’t pay attention too much to the other quarterbacks,” Abourisk said. “I’m more focused on playing a good defense.

“The quarterback (Valdez) they have out there is a real good quarterback.”

The Scorpions will use a 3-5-3 defense to slow down the Lancer offense.

Camarillo defensive ends Brian Smith and Jameson Sperling lead the charge upfront.

The Lancers and Scorpions faced each other multiple times during passing tournaments this summer. At the Conejo Classic Passing Tournament, the two teams picked up the physical play, which led to a few heated confrontations.

“It was no big deal,” Valdez said. “Just two teams going hard in a passing tournament.”

Valdez said he’s looking forward to playing his first game against a team from the Marmonte, one of the strongest leagues in Southern California.

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Valdez said. “We want to prove that we can go up against the top teams in the Marmonte.”

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